Landscape Development, Inc. is donating the median landscape reconstruction and maintenance at Commerce Center Drive, beautifying the L.A. County medians that have long been neglected. We love L.A. and Santa Clarita and are pleased to be able to improve the lives of those who work and live here.
I can only assume that Landscape Development is doing this clean-up “gratis” and we appreciate your effort to make our neighborhood looking good. Thanks.
Since the drought 2 – 3 years ago, when Jerry Brown mandated that medians no longer contain grass or overhead sprinklers, the County let all the medians and parkways at Commerce Center Drive go without proper maintenance. Usually, the weeds would get to 4 – 5’ before they would clear them, just once every three months.
This is the main entry into the Valencia Commerce Center at the 126, east of the 5 freeway. Some of the area’s largest companies are located in this modern business park – yet the medians had been allowed to go to weeds.
Anyway, about 2 years ago I met with the County Supervisor’s field office staff and they indicated that Public Works had no money to improve the situation and that it would stay static until sometime in the distant future when they could raise funds.
I offered my company’s services to fix it and rebuild it for free.
After a series of meeting with both the Field Officer as well as Public Works staff, we got the project approved and coordinated. Our offices did the landscape architecture. The County pruned up all the trees and provided the very valuable and important traffic control. We supplied all the plant materials, equipment, and labor. We’re getting close to the finish line now. At completion, this renovation project would be cost well over $100,000 if the County had contracted it out.
Unfortunately, the Interstate 5 traffic circle and adjacent median are part of a different landscape maintenance district and are not included in this project. The two medians closest to the 126 have not yet been turned over to the county and are maintained by private contractors. This said, at least the backbone of our street medians will be completely refreshed and will be a beautiful upgrade for the community.
The plants chosen are vibrant and many are flowering. The plants were planted using the highest standards. They will grow quickly come Spring and we should see quite a beautiful street scene in the coming months.
- Gary Horton
CEO, Landscape Development, Inc.